2016 Goals

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My husband was telling me this morning that our three year old was the only one of us who managed to reach all of his 2015 goals – which included finally getting off the bottle – the milk bottle, that is – and not pooping his pants. Being three is hard work.

Just a small sampling of the failures on my list:

  • a new recipe every week.
  • getting out the DSLR once a week to take pictures.
  • creating a cleaning schedule.
  • looking people in the eye more when I’m speaking to them…
  • organizing the basement – ha!
  • and editing the book I finished, oh, two years ago.

Guys, I failed at Every. Single. Goal.

I also failed my reading goal over at Goodreads. I ended up with a paltry 39 books of my 45 book goal – 8 of which were novella length.

Not this year!

My goal is 50!

And a figure since there are 52 weeks in the year that just means I have to read one a week – which isn’t onerous. On top of that, though, I plan to review them here, since I think I could use some practice analyzing books. It’s one thing to feel like you did or didn’t like something you’ve read, but to know why and be able to explain it…well, that’s another story.

Some of the things I’d like read and review this year are:

  • a ‘classic’ book perhaps once a quarter or so, since I haven’t read many of them. Those that I have read I read as a child(!) for school and I don’t remember them…like, at all.
  • classic titles from both science fiction and fantasy. Most of my experience with these genres are from ‘modern’ writers:  books written in the last twenty years or so, with a few exceptions (e.g. Lord of the Rings). I’d like to branch out.
  • I just got a bunch of free titles via Amazon for Kindle. I’ve found that these are usually self published. Some of them are fantastic(!) and some of them are…not. But they’re free so huzzah!

In other goal news, I have a NaNoWriMo novel to finish now that Christmas is over. I’m setting  a goal to put aside some writing time at least five days a week – which is…lofty.

How did you do on your 2015 goals? And what do you hope to accomplish this year?

Stayed tuned for my Week 1 Book Review: The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness.

Thanks for reading.



2 thoughts on “2016 Goals

  1. Give yourself some credit woman! Do you think the three year old attained all of his goals without your help?? NO! His momma helped him. As far as the books you’ve read, you are one of the few people that even read 39 “paltry” books. I really don’t know anyone else who got to that number. I know it wasn’t me….and I don’t even have three children to contend with on a daily basis. I want you to list things you DID accomplish. O.K. start that list now.

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